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Wednesday, 20 September 1972
Page: 1101

Senator MURPHY asked the Minister representing the Minister for Immigration, upon notice:

(1)   How many persons are employed as Senior Immigration Representative overseas and bow many are women?

(2)   Has the Minister made any endeavour to ensure that women will be given an equal opportunity to serve in these positions?

Senator GREENWOOD-The Minister for Immigration has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(I)   The Department of Immigration has 22 Senior Representative overseas and, at present, there are no women in this category. These are officers who occupy positions which have a maximum salary above the maximum of Class 8 in the clerical/administrative structure of the Third Division. <2) All senior positions of the Commonwealth Service are open equally to males and females. There is no restriction on the promotion of women to senior positions on the basis of their sex.

Under the provisions of the Public Service Act, the promotion of officers to departmental positions under the Permanent Head is the responsibility of the Permanent Head and the Public Service Board rather than the Minister, lt would, therefore, not be appropriate for me to intervene in departmental staffing matters or attempt .to influence particular promotion decisions.

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